One of the most overlooked natural cleaners available is vinegar. Vinegar is used by many for cleaning purposes, as it’s natural and doesn’t contain the toxins that many store-bought cleaners contain. Vinegar is effective at treating mold and is a natural antiseptic and fungicide. Just put it in a spray bottle and go — the smell with dissipate within a few hours. There are so many ways to use vinegar around the house. Here are just a few ways that vinegar will become a staple in your cleaning routine!
Appliances including steam irons and coffee makers.
To get mineral deposits out of steam irons, run a 50/50 blend of vinegar and water through them. This mixture can also be used on most coffee makers as well, simply fill the water reservoir and run the mixture through the tank.
Mold + Mildew Spray
2 cups distilled white vinegar with 2 cups water
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on infected area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours (open a window to speed up the process).
Helpful Hint: For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar, combining 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. A natural antiseptic and fungicide, tea tree oil costs more than vinegar but will kill most types of mold and help prevent new growth. .
For stains and hard water spots on steel cookware apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub.
Copper and Brass cookware
Vinegar works as a great cleaner for copper and brass. For a natural copper polish, apply a wash of lemon juice or white vinegar and a sprinkling of coarse salt with a soft brush. For brass, mix equal parts salt and flour with enough white vinegar to make a paste.
Bathroom cleaning tips
Vinegar works great on bathroom floors, fixtures, and faucets to remove hard water stains and buildup. Use a 50/50 blend on most hard water spots. For harder to remove stains use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water. For an additional cleaning boost, add 2 drops lemon or orange essential oil for every cup of water used.
Kitchen cleaning tips
Drains and garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover tightly with a plug or wet rag. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then flush with boiling water.